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Is America's Majority 's Being Hijacked by the Bliefs of the Minorities?

I’m sure most readers will recall the incident where passengers on a US Airways plane identified 6 Muslim imams as exhibiting “suspicious behavior” causing the airlines to hold the imams for questioning upon their arrival in Minneapolis, Minnesota last November. See story here.

Due to this incident the Muslim imams filed a lawsuit against US Airways and “John Does” passengers in which among other issues they demanded the passengers who had reported them be identified.

The Democrats have been hyping the incident and the lawsuit as evidence of American Muslims accusations of Islamophobia.

Thursday Republican Representative Peter T. King, (New York) ranking Republican member on the House Homeland Security Committee offered the motion that all Americans including airline passengers must be protected against lawsuits if they are to be encouraged to report suspicious behavior and possibly prevent a terrorists attack such as the one on the World Trade Centers September 11, 2001.

I Saw My First Spring Dandelion Today

I saw my first dandelion of spring today and remembered being a kid. How strange that seemed to me when I thought about it because I had been a mother for so many years. Maybe it's because I am so much older now that I can allow myself to be a kid again. Then I remembered this poem. So Dear Readers, I wish you

Big Mud Puddles and Sunny Yellow Dandelions

Author unknown

When I look at a patch of Dandelions I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.

My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.

When I look at a drunk and he smiles at me I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away.

My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can’t carry a tune and don’t have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen.

The Marines Ain't What They Used to Be


Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine
Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick
before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m.
but I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do
before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop,feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. Breakfast is
strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of
weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular

Pig Poop and Pricey

I understand there is a WHOLE lot of pig poop in eastern North Carolina and the people want the pigs to either stop pooping or for the owners of the pooping pigs to do something with the poop other than run it into large pits that they call Hog Lagoons.

North Carolina holds second place among the states in hog production. Ten years ago residents in the area got the state to impose a moratorium on these lagoons that are later tapped by the farmers to spray on the fields as fertilizer. This is not at all the best solution since the seepage from the lagoons and then the fields contaminate the ground water, but it is certainly the cheapest and farmers are reluctant to look for other methods of disposal and/or use of the pig manure. Now the moratorium is coming up for renewal and the residents are asking the state to make it permanent.

More Information on the Uninsured

(This information was passed onto me by a reader and in checking it out I found that of those listed among the uninsured are those on Medicaid. Well these are the very poor, unemployed or unemployable and they are indeed covered if they are on Medicaid. So when you subtract the number of people on Medicaid the number of uninsured is considerable less than the figure often given. As for the rest of the information I also did some checking of the Census Bureau and could verify some but not all of the information before my patience ran out. Sorry.

And I know many of you do not want to read this information that is contrary to what you currently believe. I was where you are at one time too. So I know how passionately you feel about the inequities of life. Dear Lord how I know! But as I got more and more information my opinions changed. I DID NOT ACCEPT THIS NEW INFORMATION LIGHTLY. I CHECKED OUT EVERY LITTLE FACT. But eventually knowledge changed my views. I am sincerely not trying to force feed you into changing your views. Please believe this. I am just trying to help you to get more information about a subject you feel is important. AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO READ MY BLOG OR CREDIT ANY OF THE INFORMATION I GIVE. IT IS YOUR CHOICE TO MAKE. Brenda

Sad I am to 'Report that the World Has Lost a Remarkable Man

The Passing of a Remarkable Man

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense. Mr. Sense had been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing
when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, and that
life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more
than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in

His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a

Picture of the Year: Bringing a Soldier Home and the Reason for RED FRIDAYS

(Dear Reader, this is not my story. I am merely passing it on and proud to do so. Brenda)

Bringing a Soldier Home

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

No, he responded.

Heading out I asked?

No. I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq . I'm taking him home to his family.
The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

My Response When Lambasted for My Views on Medicare & Medicaid on Another Site: Enjoy!

kdr55: Nope, your wrong on that one.(kdr55 accused me of being a 30 something selfish brat). I am a 65 year old lower middle class female who is now on Medicare. Why am I on Medicare? Because in 1965 the government got into the medical service business and at that point medical services, supply and insurances went up in costs astronomically yearly; double digit inflation! No other commodity or service costs inflated at this rate (except educatioon--another topic, another day). Not until the government again got into the educational loan business and then education costs began to spiral out of sight.

And I remember well how things were before 1965 when Congress saw fit to enact Medicare and Medicaid. My father was a factory worker, my grandfather a coal miner. And I was a beginning school teacher. My father had complete family insurance coverage thru his employer with no co-pay, my grandparents had affordable insurance coverage provided by their children and I had my own coverage which was I was told by other insurance people an outstanding policy which cost me all of $20 a month. For the very poor there were Free Clinics in most large cities and some smaller cities. In small towns, yes you are right poor had to depend on charities. NOW PLEASE TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT PARAGRAPHS 5 AND 7. I am not naive nor am I stupid. I have been an activist for the poor and needy for all of my adult life so I am quite familiar with the plight of the poor and needy. I have also seen more and more people become "poor and needy" over the past 40 years as medical and educational inflation has robbed their saving and income of value. You Sir, need to do some research. Fortunately with computers and Google it is very easy. Just type in a word or phase, hit search and it takes you to all kinds of good information.


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